Was that me on the news last night?

Yesterday my friend Jasmin and I went to Occupy Dallas to take part in the National Day of Action. On our way there, we heard that the camp had been raided. Instead of a Day of Action, we witnessed the psychological aftermath  of a raid that most news outlets—and even a Dallas city council member—deemed a waste of municipal resources and an excessive use of force.

The occupiers were forced to spend yesterday re-organizing and processing the night’s occurrence. Few people were there for the morning’s march, so Jasmin and I got to have many in-depth conversations. And (added bonus!), we knew eveeeeeeerybody who was on WFAA’s 10 o’clock Occupy Dallas news segment despite the fact that the image quality was really low. Yup, we recognized everything, including…

See that yellow sign, kind of center right?
Doesn’t it look exactly like this sign to you? Or doesn’t it look not exactly UNLIKE this sign to you?

Right?

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Was that me on the news last night?

One thought on “Was that me on the news last night?

  1. Jessica G. says:

    I was on the news too for being at Occupy LA. But here’s the scoop, I was there with a friend for this yoga demonstration thing in front of City Hall. It was really new age-y and i felt kinda conflicted about being a working-class (well unemployed-class really) white person doing yoga with a bunch of other white, middle-class folks when Occupy LA is sort of like, telling people to wake up and actually do something about it. While the yogi mission was to say we’re not just the 99 and the 1%, we’re all the 100% united in love, I felt like that might be a bit insensitive given the position many of them are in versus the position many of the consistent and active protestors are in.

    So yeah, you can see me a couple different places (wearing a Reed College shirt to boot!) sort of just standing there, visibly ambivalent, while other people are dancing, chanting, actively deep in nirvanic ecstacy.

    Note, they didn’t include shots of passerby’s cursing us out, the yoga leaders encouraging us to stand with our hands out in front of us in resistance, and someone yelling, “f*** you,white, middle class motha- f***ers.” Needless to say I was not able to be fully centered in any of the yoga poses.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/45139076#45139076

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